Molecules Coining Patterns into a Metal: The Hard Core of Soft Matter
2007-08-21T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we demonstrate that deposition of a monolayer of perylene (C<sub>20</sub>H<sub>12</sub>), a planar aromatic molecule, on a Cu(110) substrate leads to the formation of a periodic pattern of nanostripes. High-resolution STM data indicate that the driving force for this unexpected surface restructuring caused by such nonreactive hydrocarbons is a lock-in mechanism due to a close registry of the molecular carbon frame with respect to the underlying copper lattice which leads to an enhanced adsorption energy.
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